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Ann Paludan, who was educated at Oxford, lived in Beijing from 1972 to 1976, and returns regularly to China on extensive research trips. Her other books include The Imperial Ming Tombs and The Chinese Spirit Road.
This is an excellent history book. It is well organized and a useful reference work for projects and information purposes. It is also well enough written to be an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hayley Keeton
Well-written, thorough, fairly readable. This is certainly not light reading or for the reader interested in a quick afternoon browse. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Yanni
I'm an expat living in China. I love history but not a big reader. This book nicely integrates pictures various perspectives (including what was happening in Europe) to tell the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Beck
Despite the apparent shortcomings, great survey of personalities.Published 11 months ago by Julian Schofield
This is a great book because it highlights very real, key events and individuals who've shaped Chinese history over the centuries. Read morePublished 21 months ago by will5967
I found this on a trip to Beijing and decided to order it so it would get delivered to my home and I would not have to carry it! Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Susan C. Parks
very good book, very usefull, easy to understand ,very informatif , my family like this book so much , good lookingPublished on April 6, 2013 by haryanto hidayat
This is one of an excellent series that gives you potted histories. All have concise, well-written text, are lavishly illustrated, and have good sub-articles. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Dr Garry
This richly illustrated volume looks at the lives of all 157 emperors from Qin Shihuangdi, builder of the Great Wall in 220 BC up to Puyi, 'the last emperor', deposed in 1911. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by sally tarbox